Re Opening Dates

Re Opening Dates

Our Archives and Discovery centre will be reopening as planned on Monday, 14 September by appointment only, to book email


The temporary exhibition space will re-open with the launch of our latest exhibition – ‘I Grew Up in the 80’s’ on Saturday, 24 October.  It will be a fun, light-hearted look back at the decade that brought us everything from Pac Man to iconic musical hits.”


The main Galleries will re-open on Saturday, 7 November with a wonderful new display of objects and artefacts telling the fascinating story of the borough.


New objects include;


  • A ZX Spectrum the ultimate retro home computer. Technology has come a long way since the 80s, a modern day iPhone has one million times more computing power.


  • A beautiful pocket watch bought in New York 1908 and brought back to Barnsley, representing the comings and goings of generations of Barnsley folk.


  • Alan Hydes 1970s England Table Tennis Tracksuit – from bouncing balls off the coal shed in New Lodge to playing to tens of thousands in Beijing.


  • A collection relating to Ernest Chapman, four times prisoner of war escapee and Greek freedom fighter.


  • New collections relating to the iconic Barnsley jewellers Benj Harral and objects relating to the iconic film Kes.